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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: ROVing the Depths of the Caribbean Sea

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): ROVing the Depths of the Caribbean Sea by Leslie Marie Henderson, Guest Blogger from the University of the Virgin Islands When I say, “I am a scientist,” what do you imagine? A nerd with safety goggles wearing a white lab […]

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Invasive Grass Carp and Impacts to Great Lakes

Non-native Grass Carp, introduced to U.S. ponds and lakes by federal and state agencies in the early 1960s, were considered a low cost, nonchemical alternative for aquatic weed control. Despite the common use of sterile Grass Carp as a biological control agent, scientists remain uncertain about the ecological risk the carp pose to North American freshwater […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Finding Fish and My ‘Sea Legs’

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): Finding Fish and My “Sea Legs” by Jennifer Johnson, NOAA Hollings Scholar Guest Blogger I am a NOAA Hollings Scholar studying biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The Hollings Program includes an opportunity to intern with NOAA, and, […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Gliding Through Coral Reefs

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): Spawning aggregations of reef fish in the Caribbean could be considered some of the best studied aggregations in U.S. territorial waters. But what we know about spawning aggregations is largely concentrated around a few locations in the Caribbean, particularly Grammanik […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Filling Data Gaps

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): The United States Virgin Islands are home to a historic and extensive fishery, but overfishing throughout the 1970s and early 1980s has depleted numerous stocks of once abundant fish—most notably, the Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus straitus). Nassau Grouper form large spawning […]

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Ocean Discoveries: 2014 Nancy Foster Sea Floor Mapping Mission Overview

A team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations has set sail for a three-week (March 15–April 3) expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map and study the sea floor and fish distributions off the northeast and southern coasts of  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. These high-priority areas were […]

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Climate-based Integrated Ecosystem Assessments for Ocean Resource Management

A special issue of the journal Oceanography published in March highlights a number of accomplishments and findings of the U.S. component of the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) program. For over 20 years, this multidisciplinary research program initiated by the United Nations conducted research in the U.S. and around the world, focusing on the potential […]

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Identifying Potential Effects of Land-based Pollution on Corals in St. Croix East End Marine Park

NCCOS has released a new study—“Land-Sea Characterization of the St. Croix East End Marine Park”—that highlights the potential influence of land-based pollution on nearshore coral reef ecosystems and documents the diversity, condition, and composition of biological communities within the park. The findings support local management priority setting for conservation of coral reef ecosystems by identifying and […]

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